New Blog Update & Red 4th of July

Hello friends! I’ve been a busy bee working behind the scenes to clean up my blog and make finding my content easier for you.  I’m definitely type-A when it comes to organization, so having clearly delineated categories for all of my blog topics has been on my ‘to do’ list for awhile now.  Whether you’re here for fashion, fitness, home decor or baby tips (or a little of everything!) you will be able to click the categories at the top of my blog and search through all the posts related to that topic from newest to oldest.  I even made a new ‘this & that‘ category as a catch-all for those random girl-talk posts where I share everything from boot organization, how to keep hydrangeas alive, where to print your photos, books I’m reading, outfits, etc. I’m happy to hear that you like those posts and so do I! I plan to do one at least once a month from now on.

Red Maxi Dress PP | Heels | Bag (white one 40% off) | Similar Red Bangle | Bracelet | Fan Necklace | Bar Necklace | Ring |Earrings

Heading into this 4th of July weekend, I wanted to have some fun with a nod to patriotic fashion, highlighting those all-American red, white and blue colors. Today, we’ll kick it off with a fiesty and firey red!

red maxi dress

It seems like everyone is crazy for a maxi dress this time of year and I am too!  I have this same maxi in a blue and white print, but I love this vibrant red color for the 4th! It’s a great soft fabric with a flattering v-neckline.  I love that you can wear a regular bra with it, although a racerback will help you from having to pull the straps back.

red maxi dress

It runs true to size, and because it also comes in petite (I’m wearing PetitePetite), I didn’t have to get it altered! #bonus! If red isn’t your color, it also comes in 5 other colors, including blue, which would also be perfect for Independance Day.

red maxi dress

red maxi dress

If you’re heading to a 4th of July party and want to look dressed up, but still comfortable, this is a great dress for you!  I always get tons of compliments when I wear it.

red maxi dress

red maxi dress

But if you’re going to a casual outdoor bbq or out to watch fireworks with the kids, you can throw on a patriotic t-shirt, jean shorts and cute sandals and be ready to rock the 4th!

USA tee jean shorts blue bag

USA T-Shirt XS | Shorts 24 | Military Vest XXS | Sandals | Bag | Necklace |  Bracelet | Watch | Ring | Sunglasses | S’well Bottle

USA tee jean shorts blue bag

How cute is this USA tee?  I found it at Nordstrom and this Stars & Stripes tee also caught my eye.  The red sandals are new from Sam Edelman and have already been on repeat.  The red looks a little on the orange side, but they still go with so much in my closet.  They are a quality pair that will last for ages and are comfortable for lots of walking.

USA t-shirt jean shorts blue bag

USA T-Shirt XS | Shorts 24 | Military Vest XXS | Sandals | Bag | Necklace |  Bracelet | Watch | Ring | Sunglasses | S’well Bottle

Of course, you’ve seen these jeans shorts already – they are my Must Haves this year since replacing my old trusty jean shorts that I got post-pregnancy. I love the relaxed boyfriend style and the perfect amount of distressing.  They are short, but also loose fitting, so they don’t feel like booty shorts to me.  They run big and I sized down 1 size to 24.

USA graphic tee jean shorts blue bag

USA graphic tee jean shorts blue bag

USA graphic tee jean shorts blue bag

USA t-shirt jean shorts blue bag

USA T-Shirt XS | Shorts 24 | Military Vest XXS | Sandals | Bag | Necklace |  Bracelet | Watch | Ring | Sunglasses | S’well Bottle

We haven’t 100% decided what we’re doing for the 4th yet, but I’m still looking forward to it! It always feels like the summer is in full swing by then and we are definitely more relaxed now than when school first let out.

I hope the new changes to my blog are helpful! I didn’t want to change the look too much so that you still recognize what you’re used to seeing, but wanted to dust off the cobwebs and clean it up a bit for ya!  I think it feels all fresh again! And for you old timers (love you so much!), do you remember this logo from 2010?

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19 Comments

  1. Maria
    June 28, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Love the changes. This blog has become my favorite, especially love the decorating, organization & fitness posts & of course, seeing your cute babies! xo

    • June 28, 2017 / 2:10 pm

      Maria! You are my first comment on these new changes! Thank you so much! I appreciate you reading so much!

  2. June 28, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Looks great, M!!! Love the organization. And of course I remember that logo! Takes me back. So many fun blogging memories.

    • June 28, 2017 / 2:34 pm

      I’m forever thankful for our blogs bringing us together Courtney! I can’t believe it’s been 7 years!!

  3. June 28, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Love your new look! I enjoy jumping back here to read all of your great tips and see how cute you look in everything!

    • June 28, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      Thanks so much Beth!

    • June 29, 2017 / 8:39 am

      Thank you Megan! Appreciate you letting me know!

  4. kathy
    June 29, 2017 / 7:31 am

    I like the new blog look.
    You truly take the prettiest photos!
    I’m looking forward to your Nordstrom sale picks. I’m so excited about it!

    • June 29, 2017 / 8:40 am

      Hi Kathy! My friend Rachel took these pics so I’ll be sure to tell her! I was just going through the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 catalog this morning! I saw some booties I’m already drooling over!

  5. Rose G
    June 29, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Love the changes and the looks for the 4th are awesome as usual!!

    • June 29, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      Thanks so much Rose! I’m excited to show you the white and blue looks too! 😉

  6. SG
    June 30, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    I’m looking to rev up my skin care and have heard great things about this brand. Would love to give it a try!

  7. June 30, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Wow. Love the changes. You go girl. I know that was a ton of work, but it looks amazing. Can’t believe it’s been 7 years!!!

  8. Jen Castellano
    June 30, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    Love your blog! Benn reading it for a few years now! You are an inspiration! 🙂

  9. Jen Castellano
    June 30, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    *been. sorry lol

  10. Susie
    July 5, 2017 / 7:05 am

    Bella! It looks like you are going back to blonde and it looks amazing!

    • July 5, 2017 / 7:48 am

      Thank you! I’m going to keep it dark on top (so much less maintenance), but lighter around my face and on the ends!

  11. LAURA LEIGH STROUD
    July 5, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    I love your site….YOU are everything I am NOT !!! I live ‘vicariously’ through you….YOU are BEAUTIFUL and I am very envious of ALL THAT YOU HAVE….. LOVE YOU…. KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB !!!

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